Political Impact Of The Indian Removal Act

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The Indian Removal Act, which was passed by Congress in 1830, completely changed the path for the future in multiple aspects. In determining what impact this event still has on our country today, one must start by analyzing the relationships between Native Americans, the United States government, and the common white settler. Additionally, one must analyze how the removal of these tribes affected not only them, but the white settlers. Socially, Native Americans were viewed as no more than objects in the way of what the Americans viewed as rightfully theirs. Culturally, Native Americans had to adapt to environmental and societal differences, therefore gradually losing their own cultures. Politically, the United States government had to enforce their power over Indian resistance. Clearly, the Indian Removal Act had social, cultural and political repercussions which had both immediate and long-term impacts. It is evident that the whites in North America viewed themselves as superior to the Native Americans. It was apparent from early settlement, that the relationship between the two would not be easy. Battles regularly occurred between them, and animosity only continued to grow as the United …show more content…
It’s impossible to imagine what American culture would have been if their cultures had been incorporated into the settlers. This Act impacted the nation in more ways than expected. Originally, the goal was to be able to use the land for things such as farming and settling. However, it also had social, political, cultural and economic impacts that were unexpected. The removal unexpectedly cost the United States government millions of dollars, the relationship between white settlers and Native Americans was ever-changing, and tribes’ unique cultures were somewhat lost along the way. Generally speaking, the United States government received much more than they bargained

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